A Treasury of Tongue-Twisters
A tongue-twister is a phrase, sentence or rhyme that is hard to say, especially when repeated quickly. it contains similar sounds.
Tongue-twisters are often used as a type of spoken word game that particularly appeals to children.
Some tongue-twisters produce results which are humorous (or humorously vulgar) when they are mispronounced, while others simply rely on the confusion and mistakes of the speaker for their amusement value.
The Treasury of Tongue-Twisters on this page contains many old favorites, but also some new ones that you certainly won't have encountered before.
Amidst the mists and coldest frosts,
Are our oars oak?
Around the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran.
Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
Betty better butter Brad's bread.
Betty Botter bought some butter,
A bitter biting bittern
Black bug's blood.
The blue bluebird blinks.
The bootblack bought the black boot back.
A box of biscuits, a batch of mixed biscuits.
Brad's big black bath brush broke.
Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?
Cecily thought Sicily less thistly than Thessaly.
Cedar shingles should be shaved and saved.
A cheap ship trip.
Chop shops stock chops.
Cows graze in groves on grass which grows in grooves in groves.
Crisp crusts crackle crunchily.
The crow flew over the river with a lump of raw liver.
Do drunk ducks and drakes drown?
Don't pamper damp scamp tramps that camp under ramp lamps.
A dozen double damask dinner napkins.
Draw drowsy ducks and drakes.
Ed had edited it.
The epitome of femininity.
Fat frogs flying past fast.
A fat thrush flies through thick fog.
Flee from fog to fight flu fast!
Fred fed Ted bread; Ted fed Fred bread.
Freshly fried flying fish, freshly fried flesh.
Friendly Frank flips fine flapjacks.
Gertie's great-grandma grew aghast at Gertie's grammar.
Girl gargoyle, guy gargoyle.
Give me the gift of a griptop sock: a drip-drape, ship-shape, tip-top sock.
Give Mr. Snipe's wife's knife a swipe.
Good blood, bad blood.
How many cans can a canner can
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck
I cannot bear to see a bear
I can think of six thin things and of six thick things too.
I correctly recollect Rebecca MacGregor's reckoning.
If a Hottentot taught a Hottentot tot
If one doctor doctors another doctor, does the doctor who doctors the doctor doctor the doctor the way the doctor he is doctoring doctors? Or does he doctor the doctor the way the doctor who doctors doctors?
If Stu chews shoes, should Stu choose the shoes he chews?
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
I'm not the pheasant plucker,
I need not your needles, they're needless to me;
I saw Esau kissing Kate. I saw Esau, he saw me, and she saw I saw Esau.
I slit the sheet, the sheet I slit, and on the slitted sheet I sit.
Is this your sister's sixth zither, sir?
I thought a thought
Kris Kringle carefully crunched on candy canes.
A laurel-crowned clown.
The Leith police dismisseth us.
Lesser leather never weathered wetter weather better.
Lily ladles little Letty's lentil soup.
Listen to the local yokel yodel.
Lovely lemon liniment.
Many an anemone sees an enemy anemone.
The minx mixed a medicinal mixture.
Mix, Miss, Mix!
Moose noshing much mush.
Mr. See owned a saw.
My dame hath a lame tame crane,
The myth of Miss Muffet.
Ned Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not.
Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
The ochre ogre ogled the poker.
Of all the felt I ever felt,
Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.
Once upon a barren moor
One-One was a racehorse;
On mules we find two legs behind
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
Pick a partner and practice passing, for if you pass proficiently, perhaps you'll play professionally.
Plague-bearing prairie dogs.
A pleasant place to place a plaice is a place where a plaice is pleased to be placed.
Please pay promptly.
Pope Sixtus VI's six texts.
Preshrunk silk shirts.
Pretty Kitty Creighton had a cotton batten cat.
A proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot.
Pure food for poor mules.
Quick kiss. Quicker kiss.
Red leather, yellow leather.
Red lorry, yellow lorry.
Rubber baby buggy bumper.
Ruby Rugby's brother bought and brought her back some rubber baby-buggy bumpers.
Sam's shop stocks short spotted socks.
Sarah saw a shot-silk sash shop full of shot-silk sashes as the sunshine shone on the side of the shot-silk sash shop.
The sawingest saw I ever saw saw was the saw I saw saw in Arkansas.
Say this sharply, say this sweetly;
The seething sea ceaseth and thus the seething sea sufficeth us.
Shelter for six sick scenic sightseers.
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
She stood on the balcony inexplicably mimicking him hiccuping, and amicably welcoming him home.
She was a thistle sifter and sifted thistles through a thistle sieve.
Shredded Swiss cheese.
Shy Shelly says she shall sew sheets.
Silly Sally swiftly shooed seven silly sheep.
Sinful Caesar sipped his snifter, seized his knees, and sneezed.
The sinking steamer sank.
Sixish. Sixish. Sixish.
Six sharp smart sharks.
Six shimmering sharks sharply striking shins.
Six short slow shepherds.
Six sick slick slim sycamore saplings.
Six slippery snails slid slowly seaward.
Six sticky sucker sticks.
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.
Six twin-screwed steel steam cruisers.
A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk.
Sly Sam slurps Sally's soup.
The soldiers should have shooters on their shoulders.
Some shun sunshine.
Strange strategic statistics.
Strict strong stringy Stephen Stretch slickly snared six sickly silky snakes.
"Surely Sylvia swims!" shrieked Sammy, surprised. "Someone should show Sylvia some strokes so she shall not sink."
Sure the ship's shipshape, sir.
Susan shineth shoes and socks;
Swan swam over the sea.
That bloke's back bike brake-block broke.
Thieves seize skis.
Three free throws.
Three gray geese in the green grass grazing.
Three twigs twined tightly.
Tim, the thin twin tinsmith.
Toy boat. Toy boat. Toy boat.
A tree toad loved a she-toad
A truly rural frugal ruler's mural.
A tutor who tooted the flute
Twelve twins twirled twelve twigs.
Two toads, totally tired.
The two-twenty-two train tore through the tunnel.
Unique New York.
Vincent vowed vengence very vehemently.
We surely shall see the sun shine soon.
What noise annoys a noisy oyster? A noisy noise annoys a noisy oyster.
What time does the wristwatch strap shop shut?
When a twister a-twisting will twist him a twist,
Which switch, Miss, is the right switch for Ipswich, Miss?
Which witch wished which wicked wish?
Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?
While we were walking, we were watching window washers wash Washington's windows with warm washing water.
Whistle for the thistle sifter.
White eraser? Right away, sir!
You've no need to light a night-light
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